Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the BRICS Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Beijing, June 19, 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 07:15

Mr Chairman,

Colleagues, friends,

To begin, I would like to thank Minister Wang Yi and his team for their work and, overall, for China’s effective chairmanship of our association.

We immediately welcomed China’s idea of holding a second separate meeting of BRICS foreign ministers. It appears important to discuss current international problems and crises and to coordinate our positions ahead of our leaders’ meeting in Hamburg and the Xiamen summit.

Just as Foreign Minister of South Africa Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, I hope that the practice of these separate meetings of foreign ministers will become traditional. BRICS is a platform which our emerging economies are using to promote common interests and also the interests of a broad range of developing countries.

We have been working to encourage the reform of the obsolete international financial and economic system, which does not take into account the role of the emerging economies. Major steps toward this goal include the implementation of the BRICS Development Strategy, which we adopted at the Ufa Summit, and the establishment of the New Development Bank (NDB) and the $200 billion BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement. These steps have boosted the movement toward new global governance architecture.

BRICS is one of the few international institutions that are working to strengthen global trust and improve the search for mutually acceptable compromise solutions based on non-ideological approaches and collective multilateral efforts.

BRICS is an effective mechanism for strategic interaction and for coordinating our views on a wide range of global economic and political issues. The BRICS countries are committed to the principles of indivisible security and collective settlement of disputes by political and diplomatic means in the fight against terrorism and other threats based on international law and the UN’s key role.

Building on the moral foundation of our five countries’ traditional values, we are expanding the BRICS’ humanitarian dimension and hence enriching the cultural and civilisational diversity of the world.

I am confident that the 9th BRICS summit, which will be held in Xiamen in September, will further strengthen our partnership and enhance the effectiveness of our efforts to deal with our common challenges. We wish our Chinese friends success in preparing for the summit. We will do our best to support this effort.

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